Top 5 Games to Buy This Christmas

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With Christmas quickly approaching, many people like us at Thumb Culture may be looking for ideas on what games to buy. I know; I’ve got a lot of games on my wishlist, but here are my Top Five Games to Buy This Christmas. This list is in no particular order, so enjoy it and let us know what you think others should pick up in the comments below.

Top Festive Five to Have in Your Stockings

1) Dead Island 2

I don’t know about you folks, but I love smashing the heads of the undead. That’s why Dead Island 2 is a great choice for this. You’ll start by selecting one of six playable heroes, each with different stats. Then, venture forth into the chaotic world of Hell-A. You can mod and wield various weapons, such as Hammers, Axes, Knives and Rifles, as you slaughter your way through hordes.   

Screen shot 1 for the Dead Island 2. It shows a large undead lunging at the player who is holding a Sledge Hammer.
Watch out!

I had fun playing this game and killing zombies, but found the story a little lacking. The best part of the game is that it’s coop, so grab a friend and start smashing some heads! Dead Island 2 is available on Windows, Xbox and PlayStation. The DLC Haus is also out for those who already own the game.   

2) Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty

Though a bit on the challenging side, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is brilliant for players who are fans of Soul-like games. The game’s story is excellent and set in the Han dynasty. Build up your character in a variety of builds. For example, make them a master of magic or go for the more tanky approach like myself. Meet famous characters such as Guan Yu, the Warrior Saint and face off against the dreaded Lu Bu. 

This a shot I snagged from a press kit site for Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty. The shot shows the main hero wielding a sword and summoning a spirit. Two Summoned characters are about to run towards the player.
Fight together and save the world.

Journey alone or with up to three friends as you tackle difficult bosses and grind for gear. You can’t play with friends? Then don’t worry; the game has three A.I. companions to assist you. This game welcomes solo play and small groups. Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty is available now on Windows, Steam, Xbox and PlayStation.

3) The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, plus all DLC

If you’re looking for something to sink hours into, then I highly recommend The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and all its DLC. You’ll play Isaac and various characters as they go through randomly generated dungeon floors. Each run will give different items and trinkets to help you reach the end goal. The base game has hundreds of items for you to unlock, and each DLC not only gives more items but new bosses and enemies to go against. I’ve lost countless hours unlocking hidden secrets and characters in this game and yet still haven’t come close to finishing it.

One of my own screen shots for The Binding of Isaac. The shot shows my list of items I've found as well as the overall stats of my character.
Aww, look at the little monster.

It’s also fun to see the visual changes to Isaac as you collect different items. For example, some items can transform Isaac into a sentient poop or a flying ghost that shoots lazers. Not so long ago, the game creator announced they would be adding a new online coop mode. There is something to look forward to. You can pick up The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth on Steam, PlayStation, Xbox and Switch.

4) Sea of Stars

This year, I had the honour of reviewing Sea of Stars, and surprisingly, there hasn’t been much chatter about this little masterpiece. Players will journey through a beautiful world as two protagonists, Valere and Zale. In turn-based combat, Use the powers of the Sun and moon to save the world from an evil alchemist. You will play through an amazing story filled with fun and heartache.

A press kit shot for Sea of Stars. It shows the two heroes hugging there friend with a text box from Garl saying he missed them.
It’s the time of year to be together.

Once I played Sea of Stars, I couldn’t put it down. Are you a fan of old-school JRPGs like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger and other similar titles? Then, make sure to add this game to your wishlist. You can buy Sea of Stars on PlayStation, Steam, Switch and Xbox.

5) Aliens: Dark Descent

And reaching the last on the list is the real-time strategy game Aliens: Dark Descent. You will command a small squad as you progress through various missions on a derelict planet. Take care of your squad and equip them for the battle ahead. The team might not have to deal with the Christmas stress of shopping, but Xenomorphs are another concern. Aliens: Dark Descent offers several classes to help your team survive, such as the Medic for patching them up and the Gunner, who uses the iconic Smart Gun from the movies. 

A press kit shot for Aliens: Dark Descent. It shows a squad of marines approaching a Xenomorph cadaver.
Not what I expected to get for Christmas.

Players will also be managing research projects and the health clinic of their troops back on the Otago. Aliens: Dark Descent’s story is a great addition to Ridley Scott’s Aliens Universe and is available on Xbox, Steam and PlayStation.

The Wrap Up.

I hope you enjoyed this list, and let us know what you think of the games listed above. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Thumb Culture Team.

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I've loved gaming ever since I was a kid. I always found myself diving into new games and getting lost in the many different worlds. I would say Ratchet & Clank 2 is my all time favourite game. I cannot wait to see what the future of gaming has in store.

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